March 24
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The European Parliament on Thursday adopted a resolution detailing its expectations for the upcoming summit between EU and Ukrainian political leaders in Kyiv on February 3. Regarding the prospect of Ukraine's EU membership, the text demands that the EU "work towards the start of the accession negotiations and to support a roadmap outlining the next steps to enable Ukraine’s accession to the EU single market."

"Restating their commitment to Ukraine’s future EU membership following the country’s formal application on 28 February 2022, MEPs stress that accession is a merit-based process involving respect for relevant procedures, and the fulfilment of EU related reforms and accession criteria.

They also invite the Ukrainian authorities to introduce substantial reforms to effectively align with EU membership criteria as soon as possible," the European Parliament said in a statement.

The resolution also calls on EU member states to increase and accelerate their military assistance to Kiev, in particular the provision of weapons, as well as necessary political, economic, infrastructure, financial and humanitarian support.

It also calls on leaders at the upcoming Ukraine-EU summit to prioritize a comprehensive recovery package for Ukraine.

"Parliament also calls for the sanctioning of companies such as Lukoil and Rosatom, which are still present on the EU market. Officials involved in a broad range of illegal activities, including forced deportations and the administration of fake referenda on occupied Ukrainian territory, should also be subject to sanction," the statement noted, among other things.

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